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February 14, 2020

6th Grade Concert Info: 

March 3rd at Dickerson

6-1: Report 6-6:15pm, START time is 6:30pm

-Dickerson Orchestra t-shirt and jeans. No shorts or athletic pants please.

6-2: Report 7-7:15pm, START time is 7:30pm

-Dickerson Orchestra t-shirt and jeans. No shorts or athletic pants please.

8th Graders: All trip payments should now be in. Please be sure you have turned in $670, including chaperones.

-Trip forms: EVERYONE needs to return the overnight permission form. Green, orange, and pink forms are for medications. Please review the trip presentation under "Forms" tab for clarification. **If you have a prescription, you need a medical signature for each you are taking on the trip. 

8-1 Symphony Orchestra:  Please be sure to sign and return the 40th Anniversary performance sheet. We need to plan on as many students as possible to perform at this event. Thank you! Get form here

Walton Auditions:  Sign-up closes TODAY. Please sign-up if you want to audition. Remember, you can simply be in freshmen orc...

February 10, 2020

8-1: Report to Dickerson at 8am in FULL CONCERT ATTIRE. Please remember to bring a change of clothes (and shoes) for your afternoon classes. Backpacks should be placed in a theatre seat, taking only instruments to Walton with you. 

Stage Performance Time: 10am. Parents who want to watch, please park in the far front lot of Walton, the entrance closest to the baseball fields and enter the THEATRE entrance, NOT the main entrance of the building.


8-2: Students must bring in uniforms preferably Tuesday, in a labeled bag (garment bag, dry cleaning bag, or garbage bag). PLEASE be sure your name is on it. Don't forget concert shoes and dress socks (boys). Students will report to connections, change into concert attire, load buses at 1:15pm. Stage performance time: 3pm. 

If you have offered to assist in transporting instruments or chaperoning, please be at Dickerson at the times/locations below:

8-1: 8am to orchestra room. It you are driving, we only need transport of instruments on ret...

January 31, 2020

6th Grade: Rising 6th Grade day is Tuesday, February 4th. We are asking all 6th grade orchestra students to wear an orchestra t-shirt or hoodie this day to show are awesome love of orchestra as the 5th graders come through. If you are a "Skittle," be sure you report to orchestra for FIRST connection that day. 

7th Grade:  FANTASTIC performances at your LGPE this past Tuesday evening. We are super proud, you and your family should be as well. 
7th Grade ASO Visit: A few Atlanta Symphony musicians will be visiting each class on Thursday, February 6th. We will compile questions in advance so start thinking of what you would like to learn from them. No instruments this day. B-flat major scale check by memory on Friday, February 7th.

8th Grade:  PLEASE make sure you have turned in your LGPE Field Trip forms. Thank you to those who have already turned them in. If you are a parent who can chaperone, please plan on it. You will be getting info soon. 

LGPE: Wednesday, February 12th...

January 19, 2020

All violins/violas: Shoulder rest quest is on. Please be sure you have your OWN shoulder rest, not a DMS one. We have lost hundreds of dollars of shoulder rests due to students "borrowing" them. Each violin and viola player will have to show their personal rest on Monday, February 3rd.  Please obtain one asap and return one if you a DMS one. Thanks!

7th at the ASO:  We had a fantastic time! Thanks to the fabulous parents who chaperoned our trip. Everyone had a great day and enjoyed the experiences at the ASO and The Varsity. So proud of our well-behaved students. We could not have bene more pleased!!

7th Grade LGPE:  At Dickerson on  January 28th.  Yes, we want parents there! It's a concert performance with judges. All students must be in full concert attire:

7-1: Report 6-6:15pm, starts at 6:30pm

7-2: Report 7-7:15pm, starts at 7:30pm

February 4th: Chamber performs for Rising 6th grade night. Chamber t-shirts and jeans. We will perform on piece for the parents attending the meeti...

January 16, 2020

We are so excited for our day with the 7th grade at the Atlanta Symphony tomorrow. Here are some reminders:

1. Dress nicely-no holes in jeans, no shorts, please try to avoid sneakers if possible. Nice jeans and a top, ladies can wear leggings and a nice top, cute dresses, etc. It will be chilly so plan ahead!

2. Lunch or lunch money!  Please do not forget to bring lunch money if you are eating at The Varsity or pack a lunch. Packed lunches do not have to be disposable, we are on the same buses all day.

3. What to take: small purses for ladies are fine. Please avoid large bags or backpacks (leave in locker before homeroom). Cell phones are okay, just turned off during the performance. Please be smart about cell phone use.

4. Report to theatre after announcements, find assigned bus color. Be sure you have used the restroom prior to bus. No one gets up during the performance. Take attendance in theatre, load bus for Woodruff Arts. 

5. Be sure to use outstanding manners when encountering a...

January 6, 2020

Please complete the information HERE for the upcoming trip. This is required for each attendee (student AND parent chaperone). 

January 2, 2020

Welcome back and happy 2020! Here are some important reminders as we dive into semester two:

1. If you borrowed a school cello/bass, it MUST be returned before the start of the school day on Monday. Many students rely on the use of the instruments and will not be able to play if the instrument isn't here. 

2. Schedule flip: 6th grade is now the first connections block of the day, periods 1 & 2. 7th grade is in the afternoon. 6th graders: PLEASE hustle down to get instruments at the end of the day if you need to catch a bus. Plan ahead and move quickly. 

3. Chamber this week: Monday and Wednesday. We may begin rehearsing Wednesdays due to LGPE quickly approaching. Please consult with family/rides and be prepared to discuss this as an option. Payment one for Nashville and trip contract are due by the 15th. See Hardy for payment stickers.

4. 8th grade Universal payment plan: $200 is due Monday, January 6th.  Please have this turned in by the end of the week if possible. There are no refunds a...

December 9, 2019

Updates for each grade level as we wrap up semester one:

ALL CLASSES:  Final grades of the semester will include a playing check on 12/13 and written comprehensive exam, and a notebook check.If you are missing any assignments, please turn in or see a director to make it up. 
Fundraiser Reward Day is December 19th. 

6th Grade:  All students have two pieces they should be working on at home: La Petite Danseuse and Cinnamon. We are hoping to get one more piece out before the December break. Next concert is March 3rd. 

Playing check this Friday: EE Book 1: Page 23, #86-Ode to Joy with bow

7th Grade: All students have three selections they should be perfecting in preparation for LGPE on January 28th at Dickerson.  Atlanta Symphony info here
-Atlanta Symphony Orchestra field trip is January 17th.  Don't forget to bring lunch money for The Varsity and to dress nicely for the concert. Parent chaperone info coming soon (if you signed up to go, please plan on it). 

Playing ch...

November 22, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our orchestra families!  We are so grateful to teach your children each and every day. Supporting your child and our program creates amazing young people, developing skills, relationships, and memories that they will carry them for a lifetime. We are so thankful for you! Have a restful, enjoyable week off.

Looking ahead: Playing checks for each class on Friday, December 6th (for those who want to practice during the break).

6th Grade: Cinnamon Violin/Viola: A-C and Cello/Bass: D-F

7th Grade: El Toro

-Violins: M. 30-40. -Viola/Cello: M. 38-45. -Bass: M. 39-47

8-1: Simple Gifts: M. 13-25, everyone

8-2: Rustic Dance: M. 63-72, everyone

*7th Grade LGPE: Date change update!  We are no longer on February 4th (now Rising 6th grade night). We are scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th.  7-1 will perform at 6:30pm (report 6-6:15pm). 7-2 will perform at 7:45pm, report 7:15-7:30pm. Full concert attire. 

November 21, 2019

Trip Payment Schedule: 

December 2nd: $200 

January 6th: $200 *No refunds at this point

February 3rd: TBD (hoping to reduce cost from $170, based on number attending)

Please subscribe to the Universal trip Remind if you are attending:

Text to the number 81010, this message: @orchtri

7th Grade: ASO trip is January 17th. Please have this on your calendar. Chaperone information will be sent out after the December break.

Calendar update: 

7th Grade LGPE: Date change FROM February 4th due to Rising 6th Grade night at Dickerson. Plan on the last week of January, info confirmed asap. 


December 5th-Tree Lighting

December 17th: Holiday performance for Special Ed. class at 12:45pm (8th graders only)

December 18th (Wednesday): TRES daytime holiday performance

December 19th/20th: 8th performs in atrium before school

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